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Cyprus Travel Guide

Cyprus, an enchanting island nestled in the eastern Mediterranean, is a captivating destination for travelers. Known for its stunning beaches, rich historical heritage, and vibrant culture, Cyprus offers a unique blend of natural beauty and ancient ruins. Cyprus guided tours provide an excellent way to explore the island's diverse attractions. From the sun-kissed shores of Ayia Napa to the ancient ruins in Paphos, touring Cyprus is a journey through centuries of history and breathtaking landscapes. The island's appeal lies in its mix of relaxed beach life, intriguing historical sites, and picturesque mountain villages. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking to unwind, tours to Cyprus promise an experience that caters to all interests. With a warm climate, hospitable locals, and delicious cuisine, Cyprus is a destination that combines relaxation with adventure and culture. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Cyprus tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Cyprus Tour Deals and Discounts

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Cyprus Tours Highlights

  • Paphos Archaeological Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paphos Archaeological Park is a treasure trove of ancient ruins and is a highlight of tours to Cyprus. This park houses impressive Roman villas with stunning mosaics depicting mythological scenes, an ancient Odeon, and the Tombs of the Kings – a large necropolis dating back to the 4th century BC. Exploring this archaeological wonder provides a glimpse into the island's rich past.
  • Kyrenia Castle: Located in the northern part of Cyprus, Kyrenia Castle is a stunning medieval fortification overlooking the harbor. Its history spans several centuries, with each ruling power, from Byzantines to Venetians and Ottomans, leaving its mark. Touring Cyprus often includes a visit to this castle, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the coast and delve into the history of the region.
  • Troodos Mountains: For nature lovers, the Troodos Mountains offer a serene escape into Cyprus's natural landscapes. This region is known for its picturesque villages, Byzantine monasteries, and scenic hiking trails. The Troodos also hosts the stunning Kykkos Monastery, rich in religious artifacts and history, making it a must-visit on Cyprus tours.
  • Limassol Marina: A modern attraction contrasting the ancient sites, Limassol Marina is a bustling area known for its luxury yachts, designer shops, and fine dining. While touring Cyprus, a visit here offers a taste of contemporary Cypriot life and leisure.
  • Aphrodite's Rock: Mythology comes to life at Aphrodite's Rock, a coastal rock formation believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. A visit to this site is often included in Cyprus guided tours for its cultural significance and stunning natural beauty.

Cyprus Tours Travel Tips

  • The official currency is the Euro. However, some areas use the Turkish Lira (Northern Cyprus). You can exchange major currencies like the US dollar and British Pound at most banks.
  • If you're traveling from North America, you'll need a European 3-prong adaptor to charge your phone, camera, etc.
  • The official languages are Greek (Southern Cyprus) and Turkish (Northern Cyprus) but English is widely spoken and street signs are usually in all three languages.
  • Carry your passport if you plan to cross over to the Turkish side of Nicosia at the Ledra Street Crossing Point. It's well worth a visit and has a completely different flair. 
  • Because it's a Greek Orthodox society, many shops in Cyprus remain closed on Sundays, so plan accordingly.
  • Follow the rules (supervise children, no camera flashes, remain quiet) if you visit the Alagadi Turtle Beach. The loggerhead turtles that nest in the soft sands are endangered.
  • Driving in Cyprus follows the British standard of keeping on the left side of the road. Beware that some of the winding roads can be uneven and in poor repair. Escorted Cyprus tours can save you the trouble of driving and finding your way around the island.

Cyprus Tours Things To Do

  • Spend a Day at Coral Bay
    Spend a Day at Coral Bay

    There is no shortage of stunning beaches in Cyprus, but one of the best beaches to spend the day is the blue flag winning Coral Bay. Controlled development in the area means it has retained its charm despite being popular with tourists. The surrounding cliffs protect the cove, making it ideal for young families. There's a range of watersport options and loungers for hire if you just want to flop about in the sun. And when the hunger pangs strike, a vibrant selection of bars and restaurants is within walking distance.

    Best Time To Visit

    May and June are the driest months with temperatures hovering around 75-80 degrees and more than 12 hours of sunshine a day.

  • Reclaim Your Youth at Aphrodite’s Rock
    Reclaim Your Youth at Aphrodite’s Rock

    Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, passion, and beauty. According to legend, Aphrodite arose naked from the waters here after she was created from the foam of the sea, giving Cyprus its nickname "Island of Love." The Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock) is a steep column rising from the ocean, located about 15 miles from Paphos. The striking beauty of the rock and the myth surrounding it make it popular with tourists. Swimming in the aquamarine waters around the rock is said to help you regain your youth, but we don't guarantee it.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit around sunset when there are fewer people. You'll be treated to magnificent skies as the sun disappears below the horizon behind Aphrodite's Rock.    


    You Should Know

    There are toilet facilities and a restaurant near the beach. Parking is available.

  • Hike to Kykkos Monastery
    Hike to Kykkos Monastery

    Located in the Troodos Mountains, Kykkos is the wealthiest and most lavish monastery in Cyprus with immaculately maintained buildings. Dating back to the 11th century and featuring vivid murals, mosaics, and paintings, the monastery has an imposing courtyard, a small museum, and an opulent church. It is the burial place of the island's first president Archbishop Makarios III who served here as a monk.

    You Should Know

    The monastery is open on all days except public holidays and religious fairs are held on August 15 and September 8 each year. Keep in mind that there's a strict dress code with no shorts allowed, and both men and women are required to cover their shoulders. While the Kykkos Tourist Pavilion on site has a buffet-style restaurant, the food can be overpriced and stale, so you might be better off carrying a picnic lunch and some wine to refuel before descending.

  • Go Bird Watching at Larnaca Salt Lake
    Go Bird Watching at Larnaca Salt Lake

    One of four networked salt lakes in Cyprus, the Larnaca Salt Lake is home to several migratory bird species. Come winter, the lake becomes an explosion of pink as thousands of long-legged flamingos flock to its waters. The lake's waters typically dry up in the summer, leaving behind a shining salt crust. The salt, incidentally, used to be harvested, loaded up on donkeys, and exported from Cyprus until the 1980s. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The winter and spring seasons (November to March) are the best times to see flamingos.    


    You Should Know

    The Larnaca Salt Lake is located less than 3 miles from Larnaca International Airport and is easily accessible through a well-maintained park area. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from the observation decks.

  • Cool Off at Fasouri Watermania
    Cool Off at Fasouri Watermania

    The Cypriot summer can be hot and a fun way to cool off is at the Fasouri Watermania adventure park in Limassol. The popular water park, spread over an expansive 100,000 square meters, features dozens of rides for all ages, including a wave pool, lazy river, and tube slides. There are plenty of food and beverage outlets. And the Polynesian-themed park has over 2,000 sunbeds if you're looking to relax and catch some sun.

    You Should Know

    Park opening times vary by season so check before you go, there are 750 free parking spaces at Fasouri Watermania. There is also a shuttle bus available from the main tourist areas in Limassol and Paphos with pre-booked park tickets. Inside the park, visitors must use a prepaid Watermania cash card for all purchases.

  • Ride Around the Island in a Classic Car
    Ride Around the Island in a Classic Car

    Classic car lovers, rejoice! Cyprus is home to the Historic and Classic Motor Museum which houses treasures like a Ford Model T Roadster from 1912. The classic beauties belong to veteran Cypriot rally champion Dimi Mavropoulos. There's a collection donated by the US government to President Makarios III, the island's first president. There's also a green mini from the Mr. Bean movies and a 1973 Rover P5 used by Margaret Thatcher. But best of all, you can hire a classic car (complete with a professional driver) and toot your way around the island in style. 

    You Should Know

    The museum is operational year-round but permits visitors only on certain days of the week, which vary by season, so check in advance. There is a group discount on the entry fee for 10 or more guests. Disabled facilities are available on site.

  • Immerse Yourself in Cypriot Culture at an Olive Farm
    Immerse Yourself in Cypriot Culture at an Olive Farm

    The Oleastro Olive Park and Museum is located in the scenic village of Anogyra. It's an excellent opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse into rural island life. You can easily spend a couple of hours in the bucolic setting, feeding the animals, watching the olives being processed, and tasting various olive oils. And before you leave, don't forget to stock up on all kinds of lovely olive oil products which make great souvenirs and gifts for the folks back home.

    Best Time To Visit

    Harvesting season in Cyprus stretches from October to January and is a great time to visit the olive farm.

  • Make a Date with History at the Cyprus Museum
    Make a Date with History at the Cyprus Museum

    With a magnificent collection of artifacts, the Cyprus Museum is a must-visit attraction for a peek into the rich history of the island. The unique archaeological treasures showcase some of the oldest civilizations in the world, all neatly labeled and chronologically arranged. The collections include jewelry, pottery, coins, and copper objects typical of Cypriot culture. A particularly arresting piece is a statue of Aphrodite of Soloi dating back to the 1st century BC.

    You Should Know

    The museum is closed on all Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday. Check opening times before visiting as they change seasonally.

  • Get the Adrenaline Pumping with Watersports
    Get the Adrenaline Pumping with Watersports

    The beaches in Cyprus offer every conceivable water sport and most don't require any prior training. From wakeboarding and water skiing for the speed junkies to water cycling and sea kayaking for the less brave-at-heart, there's something for everyone. And if heights don't bother you too much, don't miss the chance to get a bird's eye view of the island on a thrilling parasailing adventure. Celebrating a special occasion? Rent a catamaran or "beachcat" and spend a memorable day cruising the waves, exploring hidden beaches, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, and sunbathing on the boat's deck.

    You Should Know

    Private charters are pricy but you can join a group for an affordable day excursion. If you're not confident of heading out on open water alone, motorboats and sailboats are available with a skipper.

Cyprus Tour Packages

Choosing the best time to tour Cyprus largely depends on your preferences for weather and activities. Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The island is a year-round destination, but certain times of the year might suit your needs better.

  • Summer - June to August

    From June to August, are ideal for beach lovers and sun-seekers. This is the peak tourist season in Cyprus, perfect for enjoying the island's renowned beaches and crystal-clear waters. However, be prepared for high temperatures and crowded spots.

  • Spring - March to May

    (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered the best times for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring the natural landscapes. The weather is warm but not too hot, and the island is less crowded. These seasons also bring out the natural beauty of Cyprus, with spring flowers and autumn colors.

  • Winter - December to February

    Winter (December to February) in Cyprus is mild and a great time for cultural tours. While it might be too cold for swimming, it's comfortable for city tours and exploring archaeological sites.

Cyprus Tours Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Cyprus tours?

    Cyprus tours are a great way to explore the island from coast to coast at an affordable price. You enjoy the company of like-minded travelers and make new friends from around the world. There's no hassle of making separate bookings for transport and accommodations, which are all included in one great price.

  • What’s included on Cyprus tours?

    An escorted Cyprus tour includes airport transfers, transportation, accommodation, most attractions, and many meals (usually all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners) as well as the services of a tour director.

  • What’s the best Cyprus tour?

    If you want to discover Cyprus in-depth, a two-week Discover Cyprus tour is a great way to see everything the island has to offer. If you're looking to explore more of the region, a three-continents cruise-tour of Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Turkey will make for a memorable vacation.

  • How much do Cyprus tours cost?

    Cyprus tours start at around $350 per person per day and offer great value for money with resort-style accommodation, transport, sightseeing, and many meals included.

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